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Prosecutor may seek death penalty in Stoddard County murder case

Mar 20, 2013 -- 10:27am


The Daily Statesman

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver last week said he is considering the death penalty in a case against a man accused of a deadly shooting in an Advance parking lot. A motion to continue the preliminary hearing was filed in Matthew Cook's case and says the state "is considering the possibility" of seeking the death penalty. Should that happen Cook would be appointed a new attorney by the Missouri Public Defender's System.  29-year old Cook of Dexter was charged Feb. 24 with the murder of Sean Crow. Cook is alleged to have lured Crow to a McDonald's restaurant by texting him from another person's cell phone. According to authorities Cook's friend, 46-year old Scott Evans, also of Dexter drove him to Advance to "take care of some business with a guy,". When they arrived, Cook allegedly walked to the window of Crow's red GMC pickup and shot him. In a probable-cause affidavit filed by Stoddard County Sheriff's deputy Hank Trout, Cook is said to have admitted to shooting Crow. Video surveillance led authorities to the suspects. Cook and Evans each are charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree robbery, and two counts of felony of armed criminal action. No bond has been set for Cook. A $250,000 cash-only bond has been set for Evans.

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